Server consolidation onto mainframes continues to pay dividends

Mainframe-centered server consolidation can help drive consolidation in storage, services provisioning, support staff and the data center.

Consolidating many small servers onto a few larger ones has been a key tactic for IT executives looking to save money on increasingly tight budgets.

Mainframes have played a role in that, but not a large enough role to demonstrate the value of a simplified enterprise architecture even independent of any cost savings, according to Wayne Kernochan, a contributing writer for sister site SearchDataCenter.com and president of Infostructure Associates.

Rather than simply consolidate applications and physical servers into a more concentrated area, mainframe-centered server consolidation can help drive consolidation in storage, services provisioning, support staff and the data center itself.

Not all such consolidations require a mainframe, Kernochan said. But, with virtualization built into their DNA, mainframes are an especially appropriate platform for consolidation and simplification of the whole server inventory.

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